Priest Holmes inducted into Texas Men's Hall of Honor
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Seven new members of UT Men's Longhorn Hall of Honor were recognized at a banquet Friday night at The Four Seasons. The group will be enshrined into the Longhorn Hall of Honor at ceremonies during the Texas-Texas Tech game on Saturday. The class honored on Friday evening included baseball's Jim Ehrler (1949-51) and Calvin Murray (1990-92), basketball's Lance Blanks (1989-90), football's Priest Holmes (1992-96), Randy McEachern (1977-78) and Charlie Talbert (1961-63) and track and field's Hollis Gainey (1957-59).
Blanks, Holmes, McEachern and Murray were selected by a panel of 50 Longhorn lettermen from a current-era athlete ballot that included 16 representatives from all men's sports. Ehrler, Gainey and Talbert were chosen by the Hall of Honor Vintage Committee, which surveys those athletes who completed their careers at least 40 years ago.
Holmes, an All-Pro running back with the Kansas City Chiefs, rushed for?1,276 yards and 20 TDs during his four years as a Longhorn. His career was highlighted by a 120-yard, three-TD performance in helping Texas upset No. 3 Nebraska, 37-27, in the inaugural Big 12 Championship in 1996. Holmes also was named Most Valuable Player of the 1994 Sun Bowl, which saw Texas defeat No. 19 North Carolina, 35-31, after rushing for 161 yards and four TDs. Holmes won a Super Bowl as a member of the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. In his 10th season in the NFL, Holmes has posted four 1,000-yard seasons. He went to the Pro Bowl from 2001-03, a stretch in which he averaged 1,530 rushing yards and 659 receiving yards a season. In 2001, Holmes rushed for 1,555 yards and caught 62 passes for 614 yards. He rushed for a career-high 1,615 yards and 21 TDs and caught 70 passes for 672 yards in 2002. In 2003, he briefly held the NFL record for most TD rushes in a season with 28. That season he logged 1,420 yards on the ground and 690 receiving yards on a career-high 74 catches. Holmes, who recently returned to action after missing half the 2005 season and the entire 2006 campaign due to injury, has rushed for over 8,044 yards during his NFL career.
"It is an amazing privilege to be inducted into The University of Texas Hall of Honor," said Holmes who was unable to attend do to NFL obligations this weekend. "Having my name associated with so many other accomplished Longhorn athletes and administrators is very humbling. Growing up in San Antonio, I was heavily influenced by the legendary UT tradition. Therefore, this accolade is a fulfillment of a childhood aspiration."